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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Engineering (M.S.E.) - Electrical, Computer and Systems

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Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
Purdue University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering  
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 327 ~ 260-481-6362

The Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) is designed to meet the needs of motivated engineers seeking to advance their careers. The following technical specializations are currently offered:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

Program Delivery:

  • The MSE program is delivered primarily through on-campus courses; however, the opportunity to take some courses on-line through the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University does exists.  Students are strongly encouraged to discuss this option with their advisor beforehand.  In order to meet the needs of both our full-time students and working adults, most of the graduate level courses are offered in the evenings.

Declaring this Major:

Applicants to the MSE program should have ideally graduated from an approved, accredited engineering program with a Bachelor of Science degree in their selected area of specialization with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in the physical sciences, computer science, mathematics or technology will also be considered for admission.

Formal admission to the MSE program requires a Bachelor of Science degree as well as:

  • Completion of the engineering mathematics sequence which includes calculus, multivariate calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations
  • Completion of at least two semesters of calculus-based physics
  • Completion of all undergraduate engineering courses that are the prerequisites to the graduate courses on the student’s Plan of Study (GS-Form 6)

These requirements are in addition to the standard admission requirements of the Purdue Graduate School.

Application Process:

  • Students interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Engineering need to apply through the Purdue University Graduate Application Website.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete 30 credits of course work to earn an M.S.E.  Course requirements are flexible allowing students to tailor their program to specific career goals.

The students must complete a Plan of Study (Form GS-6) during their first semester to document their intended curriculum.

Major and Supporting Courses Required for the MSE

Engineering Electives

Students must take six (6) credits of engineering graduate-level courses that are consistent with their educational objectives.

Math, Statistics or Computer Science Electives

Students are required to take six (6) credits of graduate-level course work in mathematics, statistics or computer science that are consistent with their educational objectives.

Note: Some statistics courses are not appropriate for some specialization areas. Please be sure to discuss this with your advisor before enrolling in a statistics course.

General Graduate Electives

Students are required to choose six (6) credits of other graduate-level courses in consultation with their advisor.

Appropriate areas for coursework include:

  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Math
  • Computer Science
  • Business
  • Organizational Leadership

Thesis Option (6-9 credits)

A student can opt to replace 6-9 elective credits with thesis research. To take advantage of this option, the student must prepare a thesis proposal and gain departmental approval prior to signing up for thesis credits.

Core and Concentration Courses Required for the MSE

Students are required to earn 12 credit hours of coursework in one chosen area of specialization.

Program Transfer Credit Limits

No more than 12 credit hours can be transferred to Purdue University Fort Wayne from the following:

  • Credits earned from another university
  • Credits earned as undergraduate excess
  • Credits earned as a post-baccalaureate student
  • Credits earned for a graduate certificate

Teaching Assistantships

A limited number of graduate teaching assistantships are available to qualified students.  Teaching assistantships usually include a stipend and substantial fee remission.  Teaching assistants typically teach one or two undergraduate courses per semester.

Interested students will need to speak with the program director for availability.

Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for their selected program. Thus, it is essential that they develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing their academic career.

All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the Graduate Director.

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